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Silhouette Secrets

Silhouette Secrets is a one-hour TV documentary in which a modern-day silhouette artist takes a journey back in time to explore the history of his shadowy art, asking the question “Where did it come from?”. On the way he meets the world’s fastest silhouette artist, who challenges him to a duel of scissors! The journey takes him from a windswept seaside pier - on the north coast of Wales - to an Audi showroom in Houston, Texas, and finishes with an intriguing answer to his question.

  • Andi Reiss
  • Charles Burns
  • Charles Burns
  • Andi Reiss
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Art, History
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Marbella International Film Festival
    October 11, 2015
    Spanish Premiere
    Nominated for Best Documentary
  • NiFF Houston
    Houston, Texas
    October 16, 2015
    US Premiere
    Best Documentary
Director Biography - Andi Reiss

With fifteen years of freelance documentary and factual content experience, Andi is a multi-skilled and award winning filmmaker; communications specialist; writer, producer, director, self-shooting pd, editor and sometimes financier. He fights for freedom and truth, but never in his best trousers.

With a track record of delivering innovative and high-end content for theatrical, television and online digital platforms, he is experienced in all areas of development, production, post production and distribution; whatever is necessary to create quality factual or branded content.

He has produced broadcast spots, short and feature-length documentaries, short narrative films, episodic television, web-based media and ethnographic installations. As a producer Andi has a keen business sense, and as an artist he is always at the intersection between visual expression, sound and narrative storytelling. He is honest, professional and unconventional in this approach, and has built a reputation of bringing intelligence, focus and a maverick energy to his work.

His documentaries have essentially been focussed on political, science, technology, arts and culture content, and often with sensitive and controversial subject matter. However, he has a broad knowledge of the current UK production landscape.

He is also a freelance lecturer and sessional teacher at various films schools in the UK, notably SAE, and is also a cartoonist, caricaturist and performance painter.

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Director Statement

“Andi Reiss is a filmmaker with a brave and brittle voice, appealing to something beyond the obvious.” James Christopher, ‘The Times’ (2010)